“A student learns by the persona of a teacher” – Shri Baldev Bharti
Shri Baldev Bharti is a celebrated name in the field of Hindi literature, author of Muktakaon ke Hans Mere, with his ” muktak” form of writings he has captured millions of hearts. He also dons the hats of an incredible educationist and a renowned public spokesperson. Born on February 13th 1939, in a small town called Khamariya under district Durg, Chhattisgarh.
He began his primary education in a government school here. After he graduated from 8th standard, he went onto pursue further studies in Victoria High School, Khairagarh, under Madhya Pradesh’s first Chief Minister Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla who was then the Head of the institution as well as Dr. Padum Lal Bakshi who was a famed writer. Narrating this with his misty eyes, he humbly quotes – a student learns by the persona of a teacher beta!
With the sun setting down, he sips his tea and tells me “beta there was a time when I had dinner by 6’o clock” as he slipped back into the corridors of time. He shared his experiences as a student in Victoria High School where his teachers inspired him to be virtuous first. Like teachers, even nature inspired him. It was on a rainy day that he started hearing the myriad sounds that reached his ear – the frogs croaking, the loud thunder and the papers swaying rapidly with wind – this became the canvas of his first art piece. It was nature that first inspired him to write. He was also inspired by Suryakant Tripathi Nirala’s work. Apart rom being a noted poet, the stories of respect for his teacher are noteworthy.
When Maithili Sharan Gupt called for a visit at Suryakant Tripathi’s, the latter would cleanse his house with Gangajal as a sign of paying respect. He further adds those were the times when teachers had a remarkable position. As he continued he added teachers are the ones who enlighten and impart the right values.
He said the inquisitiveness in today’s generation is fading away, the advanced technology has left no room for pursuit of answers. Laughingly he labels us the ‘Google Generation’
Referring to his quote:
“kahani ab dadi nahi sunati, lori ab ma nahi gaati
jab tak dekh nahi leta TV, bacche ko nind nahi aati” (quote 111, from Muktakaon ke Hans Mere)
During the conversation, he pressed on the importance of one quality that every student should embrace that is ‘self-discipline’.
Explaining it he said, discipline is something that you are ought to do, self-discipline is what comes from awakening. Self-discipline is highest human virtue. It is developed by reading, understanding and thereby adopting the virtues mentioned in holy books, reading biographies of great personalities. He further adds students should not lose patience even in times when they are lost and everything around seems to be crumbling!
These lines perfectly sum up the feeling:
“shanti ka dutt ya kranti ka tufan bane
gyan vigyan ya duniya ka mahan bane
chahe jo bhi bane aadhar ya shikhar lekin
zarori yeh hai ki wo phele insan bane”
[Story Courtesy: Surabhi Aswale]